Erik Gustafsson, Michael Frolik, Alexander Romanov, Charlie Lindgren
Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylonen, Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Cayden Primeau, Michael McNiven
Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed), Jake Evans (undisclosed), Eric Staal (undisclosed)
All of it appears fairly foolish now. All through the season, the groupthink of the Montreal mainstream media put out the headline that Carey Worth was struggling and executed. This false narrative was being preached with appreciable bluster earlier than Worth had misplaced a recreation in regulation.
Regardless of a logical counter message primarily based on the experience of Stephane Waite pointing to structural deficiencies on the roster, the media continued its disparaging drumbeat misusing metrics both via ignorance or ailing intent. They claimed that Worth was now not on the prime of the goaltender heap and a few took an extra step alongside the aircraft to ridiculousness by suggesting that he was now not one of the best goalie on his staff.
Most knew this was nothing greater than silly speak on the time, however now, after three sensible performances within the spherical one playoff sequence, such false tales are ludicrous.
As soon as once more in recreation 3, Carey Worth was sensible making spectacular saves adopted by unbelievable ones. With any such particular, other-worldly goaltending, simply an averagely potent offence could possibly be racking up victory after victory.
However Marc Bergevin hasn’t assembled a roster something near producing offence at a minimally acceptable stage. In reality, 12 months after 12 months throughout Bergevin’s, the Canadiens have been one of many very worst at creating scoring probabilities and ending them.
‘Get into the playoffs and something can occur,’ says the Canadiens normal supervisor. No Marc, we all know precisely what occurs. Carey Worth stands on his head, makes miraculous saves, and the offence can’t take benefit.
One minute into tonight’s recreation, the Habs have been handed a beneficiant present. Former Canadien Alex Galchenyuk took a double minor for high-sticking. Not solely didn’t Montreal rating, they didn’t get a shot on objective in the course of the 4 minute power-play. That’s inexcusable.
With slightly below 5 minutes left within the first interval, Justin Holl took a penalty for cross-checking. As soon as once more, the Canadiens struggled badly with the person benefit. That they had six minutes of power-play time within the first interval and didn’t register one shot on objective.
Alex Burrows has a paper skinny teaching resume. Dominique Ducharme is in means over his head. And Bergevin can’t ship a contender regardless of being handed the most effective gamers within the recreation the second the GM walked into the Bell Centre.
Worth has supplied among the greatest goaltending performances ever seen, along with excellent management for his teammates. Montreal followers are longing for a normal supervisor and training employees who’re even modestly competent at their jobs fairly than ones that simply test a field within the mom tongue class. Their endurance has been exhausted.
The Canadiens have scored simply 4 targets within the first three video games of the sequence and the Montreal power-play has been abysmal going 0-for-9 within the post-season. The 2 groups have a brief turnaround as they play recreation 4 on Tuesday in Montreal.
▲ Carey Worth, Nick Suzuki, Corey Perry, Joel Edmundson
▼ Phillip Danault, Jon Merrill, Ben Chiarot, Brendan Gallagher, Paul Byron, Josh Anderson, Tyler Toffoli
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